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Why a Summer Tour Job in Alaska is Better than Summer Camp

by ATJ Posted in Why I Like to Work Here
Photo by Bunny & Norm Lenburg used under Creative Commons License
How about a quick recipe for the ultimate summer? Take a run of the mill summer camp.  Place it in the ultimate frontier that is Alaska.  Add into the mix a few spices like: an unbridled natural playground, amazing people, an unmatched sense of flexibility and freedom, and one heck...  Read More

How Locals Prep for an Alaska Winter

by ATJ Posted in A Day In The Life
This photo by Doug Brown is used under Creative Commons License
There’s cold, and then there’s “Alaska in the winter” cold. Just how cold are we talking? Interior Alaska often experiences temperatures as low as minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit for days at a time. But despite the frigid temps, locals find ways to survive and thrive through every winter. In order...  Read More

The Best Photo Keepsakes You’ll Actually Use

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
This photo by Cecil Sanders is used under Creative Commons License
Spending time in Alaska virtually guarantees you’re going to be coming home with pictures you want to show off. Whether you spent the summer as a barista in Denali, a server in Fairbanks, or you took the trip of a lifetime this summer to explore the wilds of Alaska as...  Read More

Don’t Hibernate Yet! Top 10 Outdoor Fall Activities in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Alaska Fall Activities
From fantastic wildlife viewing to soaking up spectacular colors to enjoying unique events, Alaska enjoys an abundance of amazing fall activities. Don’t let the mere thought of winter stifle your thirst for adventure. Quench this thirst as you take advantage of Alaska’s fall season with these 10 amazing outdoor treats....  Read More

12 Books to Read Before Living in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Image used under Flickr Creative Commons license from Ryan Hyde.
From classic narratives of roughing it in the bush to contemporary takes on quirky Alaskan characters, Alaska has inspired writers to reach for superlatives from day one. Here are some of our must-reads authored by Alaskan natives, awestruck visitors, and those who’ve been touched and inspired by the state’s beauty...  Read More

When the Sun Goes Down: Nightlife in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
Nightlife in Alaska
Alaska is famous for its natural beauty and wildlife, but you may be surprised at just how much there is to see and do when the sun goes down – yes, even in the backcountry. Whether you’re finishing up a rafting trip or have spent all day booking tours for...  Read More

8 Different Characters You’re Sure to Meet in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Characters you will meet in Alaska
Alaska is the land of moose, caribou, midnight sun, and a host of characters you’ll only find here on the last frontier. In fact, you’ll have just as much fun turning those spotting scopes towards town as you will towards that massive nest of bald eagles. Look at that –...  Read More

Off the Clock: 10 Things to do in Fairbanks After Your Shift

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
Image used under Creative Commons license by Public Affairs Office Fort Wainwright
  After a long day at work, there’s nothing quite like heading home and watching TV for the next five hours. Or at least, that would be the case if Fairbanks didn’t have a healthy helping of after work activities to offer. Whether you’re looking to get that blood moving,...  Read More

You’re Not Done Yet: 10 Alaska Activities to do Before Summer Ends

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
This image used under Creative Commons license from Andrew Russell
  Just because your summer job has come to an end, doesn’t mean your Alaskan adventure is ancient history quite yet. In fact, with your final paycheck in hand, it’s just beginning! Here is an up close and personal look at the top 10 activities to check off your bucket...  Read More

Teaching the Gold Rush, Part 2: How the Alaska Gold Rush Saved America

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Can you imagine how the prospectors looked when they came back from the Yukon? Frazzled and filthy, skinny and strong, their eyes alight with adventure. They had left their friends and family behind to travel into the unknown only to be met with snowstorms, crooks, and the quiet test of...  Read More